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Based on a recent economic survey, criminal justice is one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Because of this the number of criminal justice schools has been steadily increasing by a yearly margin of twenty two percent all across the country.

In light of the high costs of four year college loans, more and more people today are opting for a two year degree or diploma instead. This includes two year degrees and certifications in the field of criminal justice.

In the state of California for example, criminal justice is becoming a very popular career choice among local unemployed residents. Many of these residents are individuals who have been out of work for over twenty six months, who are looking for opportunities to begin a new career. Some of the schools located throughout the state include Humphrey's College Department of Criminal Justice, and also a criminal justice program currently being offered at California State University.

In states like Texas and Florida, there are also numerous criminal justice schools that offer both online programs and in-house courses. These include Texas based schools such as South University in Round Rock, Brown Mackie College in San Antonio, Kaplan College in El Paso and Corpus Christi, American Continental University in Houston and also Everest College in Fort Worth and Dallas. While local schools in Florida that offer criminal justice programs include South University in Palm Beach, Keiser University in Lakeland and Tallahassee, Fortis Institute in Orange Park, and also Strayer University in Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa.

In regards to career opportunities, many graduates have been able to find well paying jobs at local area correctional facilities and police departments. Over the past year, many large metropolitan cities have received economic stimulus grants from the U. S. government which are designed to provide funds for hiring additional police officers and upgrading equipment. Some of the cities currently hiring additional police staff include Dallas, Denver, Charlotte, Memphis, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and Atlanta.

In regards to salary and benefits, the majority of these jobs pay between thirty five to thirty eight thousand dollars per year. The benefits package for most of these positions also include fully paid health and dental insurance, two to three week paid vacations, and also a very competitive and generous retirement plan. In addition to police officer opportunities, there are also many other job opportunities currently open to criminal justice graduates, such as private security and government investigation positions.

* Law enforcement agencies may require additional training.

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